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Read Practical Motorhome's expert review of the Hobby Siesta T 650 AK KLC
German manufacturer Hobby has been active in the caravan market for over 40 years, but it’s only relatively recently (since the start of the century) that it’s really expanded its motorhome range, which now encompasses a wide variety of layouts and styles.
The Siesta 650 AK KLC is a true family ‘van, with two double beds and a set of bunks at the rear; it also has a spacious kitchen, plenty of storage, and a large payload.
Corner steadies are included at the rear for stabilisation (part of the All-Inclusive pack), and there’s a wide-bore outlet to allow for a quicker getaway when you’re dumping waste water.
On the road
Visibility from within the cab is good, but the thick A-pillars do mean that you have to double-check the oncoming traffic when, for example, waiting at a roundabout. The two side windows in the lounge area do, however, provide an excellent view if you’re making a sharp left or right turn. There’s no view out of the rear; a reversing camera is a dealer-fitted cost option.
Lounging & dining
A blown-air heating duct beneath the table helps keep feet warm during the winter, and there’s a mains socket – one of four in this motorhome – located here too.
The cushions themselves are firm but comfortable, and the L-shaped corner sofa makes a great place to lounge in the evening.
The whole area is light and airy, and we were pleased to see the inclusion of two mains power sockets on the worktop – these have been thoughtfully placed for the use of kitchen appliances.
The second double bed is made up from the cushions of the commodious dinette below; which itself creates a small problem, in that the ladder from the overcab can’t be erected and therefore used when the additional bed is in place. Fine if you’re travelling with children, and put them into the overcab bed, but isn’t that what the bunks are for?
The bunks themselves – which lie longitudinally on the driver’s side at the rear of the ‘van – are spacious enough, although the top one has a weight limit of 45kg (approximately seven stone). The addition of a curtain in front of the bunks – ideal for allowing the grown-ups to stay up while the children sleep – is an excellent idea, but we’re not too sure about the soothing nature of the somewhat alarming, plastic ‘teddy night lights’ that glow bright blue at the head of the bunks.
There’s plenty of room for your toiletries in here, though – the large storage cupboard, the cubby behind the toilet and three small shelves will swallow all manner of pots and potions.
One omission that we would liked to have seen would be a blown-air heating duct to keep the area warm during the winter, but other than that the washroom is attractively designed and perfectly functional in use.
There’s some external storage too, in the form of a long, shallow locker underneath the bottom bunk; it’s spacious enough to store levelling ramps, your hook-up cable and water hose, as well as any muddy boots.
Roof rails on top of the ‘van (part of the All-Inclusive pack), as well as a ladder up to them, allow you to carry even more luggage. Fortunately, the motorhome’s MTPLM of 3850kg (a result of the uprated chassis, from 3500kg) allows for a substantial payload of 740kg.
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
This is very nearly a five-star ‘van. The layout is excellent, the build and quality top-notch, and the amount of storage impressive. Despite its six-berth capacity it’s more suitable for four: it’d be tricky to use both doubles at once, and there are only four belted travel seats. But for a family with children, this motorhome makes a sensible choice.
- Excellent layout, quality and storage space
- Cramped if used as a six-berth